Here’s my step-by-step process for how I covered Prince’s ‘Kiss’ and did all the big dances from the ‘80s and ‘90s

Remember how Prince called himself The Artist?
A lot of us here on Earth are artists. He was just bold enough to call himself an artist.
For the rest of us (especially those of us doing video projects), it could seem pretentious to cynics that we are in fact artists.
Not that there’s anything wrong with calling ourselves YouTubers, or creators, or truth journalists, or whichever term you prefer for yourself.
But we are also artists.
Anyway, this Prince art project started as something totally different. It started as a simple video game project.
I was going to play a video game on YouTube, but I wanted to put an inset video of myself dancing in the corner.
So I got very not-sober, which artists often do, and I danced on camera to Prince songs for 90 minutes.
It was exhilarating.
Afterward, I realized that if I added actual Prince songs to the video, then the Prince people, or the music label, might tell me to take down the video.
But then I remembered:
Anyone can cover a song and own the rights to the cover, even if they don’t own the rights to the song.
In other words, the Prince people and label could tell me they want their royalty money from my cover, but they can’t kill my cover version of “Kiss” outright.
So I set about creating a cover song from scratch.
This was easier to do than you’d think.
I put earbuds in my ears and listened to “Kiss” while singing each music part into a recording app on my phone.
First, I did a mouth vocal version of the drums. Next, I did mouth vocal versions of the high hat, then then the guitar, keyboards, and background vocals. Then I laid down another separate track for my main vocals.
After that, I just had to feed all of those separate tracks into LumaFusion, the video editing app. All those different parts created a song. Then I uploaded that audio in a file to my phone.
So the first thing I had on my hands was a video of all my dances, which I already knew by heart from my dancing time in bars and clubs. The second thing I had was my cover song of “Kiss,” which I knew from heart over the years.
At this pin the, I decided to abandon the video game review, and I chose to just make this a straight-up music video.
So the third thing I made was a video of my singing at the camera. I wasn’t lip syncing. Well, I was singing along to my audio version of my cover song. But lip syncing usually means you’re not making noise while you sync. I was singing.
Once I had all these different elements — the dancing, the song, and the face lip-syncing video — I just fused them all together in LumaFusion.
The hardest part was placing the different dances in different spots on the video. But that was actually simple. Not easy. But simple. Time-consuming.
The whole process took me three days. I did 90 minutes of dancing in my spare time on day one. I cut and edited the song on day two. That took only about three hours. The lip-syncing video came on day three. That was about an hour, because I kept messing up and blinking. (I left one of my long blinks in the video). And on that same third day, I spent about six hours fusing all this together.
In the end, I was really happy with my video. One of my friends said, I look handsomer than the guy from INXS … until I opened my mouth to sing.
Sigh. I wish I was a better singer. But. I will have fun singing, no matter what.
I hope you enjoy the video and the process.
Let me know your thoughts. And I hope you’re having a great day out there.
Love, Doug
🙂

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